I’m a busy father and full-time student working my way towards a Dietetics degree at Arizona State University in order to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). It took me almost forty years of life to determine what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I wouldn’t trade my ride for anything in the world.
Being a R.D. will be my fourth career–I’ve previously worked as a Sous Chef with J. Alexander’s restaurant (and earned a degree in Hospitality Management), a webmaster with MCI Worldcom, and a mechanic in the U.S. Navy. All this bouncing around has shown me something important–change is definitely possible! So I know change is possible–so what? So does everyone else! But rolling with the all the changes of my chaotic past, it has shown me that I can change mine for the better, even when I’m approaching forty.
Change is Possible!
I’ve always had a passion for food, but not so much for healthy living. In my early childhood years, I was the nerdy school-loving type that avoided physical exercise as much as possible. In the military, I panted and wheezed through physical requirements and gorged on food most nineteen year old boys would–cheeseburgers, fries, and whatever the mess hall would serve. As a webmaster, I was tied to the computer constantly–so it was fast food and guzzling Mountain Dew as I programmed, causing my weight to jump over 50 pounds in the first six months of that job.
When I eventually realized that working in a cubicle wasn’t for me, I got a job waiting tables, worked my way through the ranks, and six years and a degree later, was a Sous Chef. I knew a lot more about food and how to make it taste wonderful, but not much more about how to make it healthy. I fried routinely, cooked with large amounts of butter, salt, and cream, and ate much more than I needed to. The pounds kept packing on–after all, who can trust a skinny chef?
On The Way To The New Me!
When I was a chef, I was 6’3″ and 290 lbs–which by current standards is nearly 100 lbs overweight. Many of my other friends were big, and I was joining them with various aches and pains, feeling tired and worn out all the time, and not feeling like doing anything but sitting in front of the TV (or going straight to bed) when I got home from work. A change had to be made, otherwise I would end up miserable. Life just wasn’t enjoyable.
I decided to reboot my life. I quit my job, moved to Arizona, and decided to go back to school. I wanted to be healthy, and I loved food (and still do!), and I’ve always loved being in a service role and helping others. Nothing is more delightful to me than seeing someone’s eyes light up after they receive something fantastic–be it a perfectly prepared meal, a wonderfully designed website, or an expertly repaired piece of equipment. To that end, becoming a Dietitian was a no-brainer. I want to help others get to where I want to get to–a healthy life.
So please join me travelling down this path. We’ll learn together, share ideas, and explore what it really means to have a healthy lifestyle. I’ll share my thoughts and ideas, recipes I have and create, and give you tips and tricks to get you where you want to be. Some of it may be hard. Some of it may seem impossible. Don’t worry about it–do what you can. Starting one more healthy habit is a step in the right direction. Sometimes a nibble is just as good as a bite.